Loko Natyagoshthi holds jatra fest

Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 11:32pm on April 19, 2019


Loko Natyagoshthi artistes stage a jatra at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. — Ali Hossaion Mintu

Renowned theatre and jatra troupe Loko Natyagoshthi held a two-day jatra festival marking its 42nd founding anniversary on Thursday and Friday at Experimental Theatre hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The festival featured shows of jatra palas and conferring of honourary awards.
Seven eminent cultural activists and jatra artistes received the honourary awards. The recipients were Syed Hasan Imam, M Hamid, Dr Rawshan Ara Begum, Shyamal Dutt, Ashfaqur Rahman, Victor Daniel and Rikta Sultana.
Secretary of cultural affairs ministry Dr Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal was present as the chief guest at the inauguration and award-giving ceremony, while thespian Ataur Rahman, Golam Sarwar and Niranjan Adhikari, among others were present as guests.
Loko Natyagoshthy general secretary Taposh Sarkar presided over the event.
Following the award-giving, Loko Natyagoshthi staged Golap Phuteche, a pala on the liberation war. Written by Shyamal Dutt and directed by Tapos Sarkar, the pala featured the story of a love affair between a wounded freedom fighter and daughter of a war collaborator.
On the concluding day of the festival, the troupe staged Kurukshetre Sri Krishna. Written by Shyamal Dutta and directed by Taposh Sarkr, the pala is a loose retelling of the great mythical war of Kurukshetra and Lord Krishna’s role in it as described in the Mahabharata.
It especially focused on Krishna’s counseling of Arjun as to the nature of war, human relations, desire, duty and religion.